KHARTOUM, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) -- Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on Saturday announced the release of all Sudanese journalists detained by the security authorities on press publication issues.
"I declare amnesty for all the journalists detained by the security authorities and their release," said al-Bashir when addressing a gathering of local press celebrating the upcoming al- Eid holiday.
The Sudanese president further reiterated his government's support for the Sudanese press so that it would play positive roles in serving Sudan's interests, praising the press and its responsibility in progress of the country.
The president's announcement has received wide welcome among the Sudanese journalists who participated in the celebration.
The Sudanese authorities had earlier arrested a number of Sudanese journalists in cases relating to press publication.